The Internet is an amazing
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results in 9.2 years reduction in expected life span, and as many as one in five patients with bipolar disorder completes .
This disorder is not a joke. It is real, it is serious, and it kills.
End the stigma and erasure. Talk about it.
and for fucksake stop using it as an adjective to replace quirky or indecisive.
…or unpredictable. For example, the weather is not “bipolar.” It’s not in danger of suddenly losing its job and friends, spending itself into financial ruin, or dying at the hands of a scared police officer.
We can be silent about elections, candidates, and office holders’ conduct. We can avoid discussing wedge issues like gun control, abortion, immigration, and government assistance. Even if we’d rather stay out of the circus, ultimately, we can’t. Choosing not to vote is still a choice, and it affects elections. A lot.
Everything we buy, or decide not to buy, has political implications. Everything we say is heard within larger contexts we may or may not be aware of. Silence speaks, too.
Because of these contexts, we’re more privileged than others in certain ways and less in others. We can’t wish away our privilege, but we can acknowledge it, and we can use that power to work to reduce these imbalances. Not doing so makes us complicit in maintaining the status quo and all of its awful outcomes for more people than we might realize.
Politics surrounds us because other people surround us. Empathy is what we feel, and politics is what we do, whether we realize it or not. Not everything can be fixed with one protest or one election, within one lifetime or several generations of them. One thing is certain, though: we can’t improve things if we don’t talk about them.
Google “ISIS beheading” if you have the stomach for it. There’s a whole lot of it happening. Right now.
Religiously-motivated violence, aside from being particularly heinous and stupid, is a direct threat to the long-term survival of our species. In the supposedly egalitarian pursuit of religious pluralism we, especially among the political Left, hide from acknowledging how these atrocities are unwittingly supported by “moderates” who moralize to and about “extremists” in their ranks while continuing to venerate the same hideously immoral scriptures by which these acts are justified.
We’re fully capable of humanistic morality without any supernatural belief whatsoever. We need empathy to live in peace with others, not Bronze and Iron Age mythology. Centuries of progress in scientific knowledge and moral thought points from every direction toward cooperative nonviolent ethics. Still, we allow that progress to be trumped by the oddly socially acceptable insanity of superstition. One man’s paranoid delusion is another’s unassailable divine revelation. These mutually exclusive claims, this authoritarian arrogance, can be resolved only by violence. Game over.
We have to do better than this. Not all beliefs deserve respect. This has been obvious since at least the time we stopped sacrificing children to influence crop yields. Some beliefs are simply, absolutely incompatible with an egalitarian, sane, peaceful society.
We have our words, and we have our swords. Those are our options for resolving disputes, and words aren’t enough if we can’t agree on objective standards. We have them in science. We have them in law. We need them in morality. We need to understand the difference between individual belief and societal knowledge and weigh them accordingly.
We have a responsibility to ourselves — and to those we hope will follow our example — to stop respecting unsubstantiated beliefs of every kind, without exempting the beliefs that are appealing and familiar within the culture into which we happened to be born. Remember: That’s exactly what the “extremists” are doing.
Finally saw it last night. Top-notch art and set design. The vivid close-up cinematography really captures the passion that chefs must feel toward creating experiences for their diners. By contrast, I’m currently waiting for a backorder of Soylent. So.
Feel-good hit of the summer. Don’t watch it hungry.